Battery life of 2018 Nissan Leaf vs 2017 Chevy Bolt EV electric cars: what manuals suggest


Battery Life Nissan Leaf vs Chevy Bolt

It’s one of the major questions for any electric-car buyer: How long will the battery pack last?

And what would it cost to replace it if I do need a new one sometime down the road?

Now a new video looks at that question, comparing the different thermal-management technologies in the batteries of the new 2018 Nissan Leaf and the Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car.

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The presenter is John D. Kelly, a professor in the Auto Technology department of Weber State University in Ogden, Utah.

It’s one of several electric-car videos he’s done, including a recent pair on the removal and disassembly of the Chevrolet Bolt EV lithium-ion battery pack.

His presentations tend to be methodical, direct, and easy to follow, with a lot of detail presented in high-quality video.

The most recent presentation, running a bit over 7 minutes, is simpler than previous videos. Much of it is Kelly lecturing, in front of a Bolt EV on a lift.

He covers a lot of ground, though, starting with the active thermal management—meaning both heating and cooling—of GM’s battery packs in first the Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid and then the Bolt EV electric car.

Then he dives into the history of the passively cooled Nissan Leaf batteries, though he doesn’t delve into the specific history around capacity loss in some pre-2015 Leaf packs.

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He notes that the second-generation 2018 Nissan Leaf has a page in the owner’s manual that discusses issues that affect the temperature and life of the battery.

That advice includes not storing the car in hot environments, and not recharging the battery right after the car is used—which may be a surprise to owners who come home, plug in the car, and forget about it until the next morning.

It also discourages frequent use of the fast-charging capability.

Battery Life Nissan Leaf vs Chevy Bolt

He goes through a partial list of the factors that Nissan says can affect Leaf battery life, as covered by the manual.

Then he looks at the considerably fewer warnings that Chevrolet offers in its own manual on factors that affect the Bolt EV’s battery life.

Kelly’s summary concludes Chevrolet’s thermal management of its batteries is “far superior” to that provided by Nissan in the Leaf, both the previous generation and the new 2018 version.

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Broadly, it now seems safe to suggest that electric-car batteries with active liquid cooling (and heating) seem to have lower rates of capacity loss—especially under extreme conditions—than do those that use only passive air cooling, such as the Leaf’s.

Aggregated data from batteries in the Tesla Model S, for instance, suggests that capacity loss is only on the order of 10 percent even after 100,000 miles.

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Chevrolet Offering Big Discounts to Owners of Asian Car Brands Like Toyota, Honda, Mazda – The Drive

conquest cash ron westphal chevrolet aurora ilIt’s called “conquest cash” for a reason, after all.

Last month, we here at The Drive highlighted Chevrolet’s attempts at pulling buyers away from performance rivals by knocking up to $15,000off the price of a brand-new Corvette. But now the automaker has a different enemy in its sights; Chevy, as it turns out is offering a substantial discount to owners of every Asian car brand in America.

Appropriately known as “conquest cash” in the sales business, the $2,500 incentive is available for buyers who own a Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Toyota, Subaru, Hyundai, Kia, Scion, Suzuki, Isuzu, or Daewoo. (Yes, Daewoo.) The only catch is that the car must be from model year 1999 or newer.

Want to know more about “conquest cash”?  Call our Customer Care Team at 630-898-9630 for details.  Or, visit our website anytime.  

(Note:  We also have GM Loyalty Cash Back available on most new models in the month of March)

While $2,500 might not sound like a whole lot, it can be applied to any car or truck (base models excluded) and stacked on other available discounts, including the substantial Flex Cash program that provided the bulk of the big Corvette price cut in February. And you don’t even have to trade in your qualifying vehicle, according to Cars Direct.

As GM Authority points out, the Asian car discount also helps bring the price of a new Chevrolet Sonic down to under $12,000, making it one of the cheapest new cars on sale today.

Sales across the industry have plateaued or fallen this year, so it’s no surprise that Chevy would take such an aggressive approach in targeting its Japanese and Korean rivals. The automaker is also offering a slightly-less-sweet discount for owners of a whole host of other brands, including all domestic manufacturers, supercar makers like Ferrari and Lamborghini, and discontinued oddballs like Fisker, Panoz, and Saab.

Source: Chevrolet Offering Big Discounts to Owners of Asian Car Brands Like Toyota, Honda, Mazda – The Drive

2018 Chevrolet Trax Fleet

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Built to be your business’s go-to vehicle for tackling the daily grind, the 2018 Chevrolet Trax delivers ample cargo room in an efficient and easy to maneuver package. Modern tech and available advanced safety features can help keep drivers safe and connected and when outfitted with the Fleet Convenience Package, Trax LS comes loaded with options such as power driver seat, cruise control, and other features that can make it a perfect fit for your fleet.  Call our Customer Care Team at 630-898-9630 or visit our website 24/7.

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  • 10 standard air bags5
  • Available Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning
  • 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score for Safety6


  • Up to 48.4 cu. ft. of cargo volume3
  • 4 standard cargo tie downs
  • Standard 138 hp turbo-charged engine
  • Available all-wheel drive


  • Support for Apple CarPlay®7 and Android AutoTM8
  • Available OnStar® 4G LTE™ Wi-Fi®with built-in hotspot4
  • Available Fleet OnStar Service plans and Telematics options
  • Standard Chevrolet MyLink9 audio system with Bluetooth®10capability

Safety or driver assistance features are no substitute for the driver’s responsibility to operate the vehicle in a safe manner. The driver should remain attentive to traffic, surroundings and road conditions at all times. Visibility, weather, and road conditions may affect feature performance. Read the vehicle’s owner’s manual for more important feature limitations and information.

Your safety is very important to us. If you want to determine whether or not there is a recall on your current vehicle or on a vehicle you are considering, visit or call us at 630-898-9630.

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Ron Westphal Chevrolet is a recently renovated, family-owned Chevy dealership located in beautiful Aurora, IL.  We are nearby Oswego, Yorkville and Naperville along with Plainfield, Sugar Grove, Elburn and many other Fox Valley communities.

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March Lease Specials in Aurora, IL

Chevy Leasing in Aurora looks strong for March

The Chicago Auto Show is over but don’t despair.  This March GM is offering some very attractive offers guaranteed to help you save a lot of green.

Leasing continues to gain in popularity for 2018.  Some studies show that over 25 % of new vehicle transactions in the United State are leases.  While leasing may not be for everyone, more and more folks are discovering the many advantages that leasing offers.  Ron Westphal Chevrolet will be happy to customize a lease just for you so that you can compare it to traditional purchase options and decide which is right for you and your lifestyle.

Some common advantages to leasing include:

Lower monthly payments

Lower downpayments

Lower maintenance costs

Being able to upgrade into a new vehicle sooner

Talk with one of our product specialists to find out all leasing has to offer.

March Truck/SUV Advertised Lease Specials:

Silverado $215/mo.

Equinox $199/mo.

Traverse $299/mo

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March Aurora Car Advertised Lease Specials

Cruze $150/mo for only 24 months

Malibu $199/mo

Camaro 260/mo

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We’ve got you covered in Aurora, IL.

We can tailor a GM lease to suit your needs whether you drive a lot or hardly at all.  And, we can find the right vehicle to suit your lifestyle.  Chevrolet offers a variety of vehicles ranging from sub-compact hatchbacks to full-size luxury SUV’s along with 2 different electric and/or electric hybrid vehicles.  So, we’ve got something for everyone.  And it’s our job to make sure you can fit the vehicle you want into the budget you want.

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Short Report: 2018 Chevrolet Equinox 2.0T

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The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox offers crisp styling and solid utility, but at what price?

It’s still early in the year, but the redesigned 2018 Chevrolet Equinox—the brand’s entry in the competitive small crossover segment—is already the fifth best-selling vehicle in America. There’s little doubt that its crisp new sheetmetal and all-turbo engine lineup have a lot to do with the Equinox’s newfound popularity, although I suspect Chevrolet’s $199 per month advertised lease offer plays a role as well.

Ron Westphal Chevrolet stocks many new 2018 Equinox along with late-model pre-owned models.  Call us now at 630-898-9630.

Chevrolet has already sold more than 2 million examples of the Equinox in its former guise. But going without a redesign for eight years, or a significant upgrade in terms of technology, meant that consumers increasingly chose Honda’s CR-V, Nissan’s Rogue, and Toyota’s RAV4, flocking to those models in greater numbers.

Now, the manufacturer that once offered the public such commuter classics as the Nomad, the Chevelle, and the Nova has a chance once again to vindicate itself against unrelenting competition.

Built on the General Motors Theta platform—the same used for the slightly more upscale GMC Terrain—the new Equinox shares styling cues with the new Traverse, its larger stablemate in Chevrolet’s crossover lineup. Translated, that means it is visually appealing.

Back in 2014, when Chevrolet introduced the seventh-generation Corvette, Ed Welburn, GM’s global design chief, promised the sports car’s angular styling would make its way to cars like the MalibuCruze and Volt. GM kept Welburn’s promise, and finally carried the bold creases and angular forms over to the Equinox this year, giving it a more aggressive, modern look.

2018 Chevrolet Equinox at Ron Westphal Chevrolet in Aurora, ILThe redesign went more than skin-deep. The interior is all new, too, and Chevrolet says the new Equinox has shed 400 pounds over the outgoing version. It’s also now available with low-speed automatic emergency braking, a 9-speed automatic transmission and a diesel engine option, although these upgrades add quite a bit of cost to a vehicle that should be, in theory, an economically-priced model.

Inside, Chevrolet gets an A for execution. Dash panels and instruments come together nicely and even hint at quality craftsmanship. The hinting fizzles when your eyes see and fingers touch the materials used to complete the job. Cheap-looking plastic abounds, and gives the vehicle’s interior a feel that I would call “Uberey.” In fact, sitting in the back seat, it’s not difficult to imagine the Equinox being the ride you last hailed to the airport.

Comfort-wise, the new Equinox is good, but with a few caveats. The seats—especially the front ones—are supportive and well cushioned. For larger drivers, the stall formed by the driver’s-side door and the center console may be a bit narrow. I’m small and it was a good fit, but I could see someone larger wanting more lateral legroom in the driver’s side front foot well.

2018 Chevrolet Equinox at Ron Westphal Chevrolet in Aurora, ILAdditionally, the Equinox has tall doors, or short windows, depending upon how you look at it. The result is an interior atmosphere that recalls a World War II-era pillbox (although not to the extent of the Camaro, which has windows that are practically slits). Despite a dark back row, the Equinox’s rear seats are roomy, with plenty of head and legroom.

My favorite aspect of this vehicle is its practicality. At 29.9 cubic feet with the rear seats up and 63.5 cubic feet when they’re folded flat, the Equinox’s cargo volume is among the lowest in its class. But numbers aren’t everything. The way the rear cargo space is configured—with a long, wide floor—makes it easy to put a lot of stuff back there.

The Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue and Toyota RAV4, by contrast, boast larger cargo volumes, but the space is tall rather than long, and doesn’t lend itself well to placing cargo that won’t topple. I’m thinking specifically of grocery bags, laundry sacks and boxes bound for the post office, none of which fare particularly well in a moving vehicle when they’re stacked on top of one another. The Equinox addresses this common crossover problem in the best way possible—by making the load floor more like a station wagon’s.Source:

Interior controls are simple and easy to use. All Equinoxes come standard with Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment system, which includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. The color touchscreen in the center of the dash is 7 inches on lower-end models and 8 inches on higher-end models, including the Premier 2.0T I tested.

OnStar—GM’s mobile service provider—comes standard as well, and includes automatic crash assistance and navigation features. Customers will have to shell out anywhere from $20 to $35 per month for basic service after the 3-month free trial period ends. Wi-Fi is an add-on to OnStar, and can cost anywhere from $10 to $40 per month more. Sirius XM satellite radio is available on all but the lowest two trim levels, and adds another $10-$20 per month in service fees.

Dual-zone climate control, heated seats and a heated steering wheel are optional, as is the Bose 7-speaker premium sound system and panoramic sunroof. These options come as part of expensive equipment packages, though. The hands-free power rear liftgate is an available option on the top trim levels.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awarded the new Equinox four out of five stars in its safety ratings.

High-tech safety features like low-speed emergency automatic braking, a blind spot warning system and a following distance indicator—all connected to the driver via an ingenious vibrating seat device—are only available on the top trim levels. A teen driver mode that allows parents to track driving habits and limit certain vehicle features is standard equipment on all models, as is a rear seat reminder system.

2018 Chevrolet Equinox at Ron Westphal Chevrolet in Aurora, IL2018 Chevrolet Equinox at Ron Westphal Chevrolet in Aurora, ILChevrolet decided to go with small-displacement turbocharged 4-cylinder engines for 2018, and is offering 1.5- and 2.0-liter gasoline engines and a 1.6-liter diesel.

Transmission options include 6-speed and 9-speed automatics, both equipped with a “manual” mode that allows the driver to select gears on the fly. As with other Chevrolet models, the selector button for that mode is mounted in a puzzling place—atop the shifter handle, where it is almost impossible to reach without craning your hand into a carpal tunnel-inducing fold.

The Premier 2.0T I tested came with a 252-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbo four cranking out 260 pound-feet of torque with a very usable 2,500 rpm to 4,500 rpm range. Mated to the 9-speed transmission, it offered smooth, sprightly acceleration—more than adequate for anything you’re likely to encounter on public roads. The standard four-wheel-disc brakes are responsive, as is the electric power steering.

The EPA fuel economy rating for the 2.0T is 22 miles per gallon in the city and 28 on the highway, for an average of 24 mpg. On my test drive, which consisted of 60 percent highway and 40 percent city driving, fuel economy stayed right at 24 mpg. Compared with similarly equipped competitors like the Honda CR-V with a 1.5-liter turbo (29 mpg average), the Nissan Rogue with a 2.5-liter naturally aspirated 4-cylinder (27 mpg average), and the Toyota RAV4 with a 2.5-liter naturally aspirated four (25 mpg average), the Equinox 2.0T ranks last in efficiency but first in power.

Fans of the Chevrolet small crossover who are concerned about fuel economy can stick with the less powerful, less expensive standard 1.5-liter turbo (26 mpg average), or the 1.6-liter turbo-diesel (32 mpg average).

Economy comes at a price

2018 Chevrolet Equinox at Ron Westphal Chevrolet in Aurora, IL

The Equinox has less cargo volume than other models in its class, but the way the space is configured is more usable.


With its fresh styling, utilitarian cargo hold and—in 1.5-liter gasoline and 1.6-liter diesel offerings—competitive fuel economy numbers, the Equinox is an appealing alternative to other small crossovers.

In base trim, its sub-$25,000 price is attractive, too, although at that level, you aren’t getting all-wheel drive or any colors other than silver or white. Options like all-wheel drive and brighter colors push the price past $28,000, and with heated seats and different engine and transmission options, the sticker can quickly shoot beyond entry-level SUV territory.

The Premier 2.0T I drove had a sticker price of more than $37,000. Despite the fact that I genuinely liked its look and feel, in my opinion, that’s too much to pay for an Equinox. Though Chevrolet’s design department cranked out a solid set of upgrades on this year’s model, it felt like I was being tricked into thinking a basic crossover was nicer—and worth more money—than it actually was.

Mostly, it was lack of attention to detail with regard to the little things: the cheap, hollow thud when I closed the doors; the awkward manual shift selector toggle switch; the chintzy dash and door panels. But it was enough to convince me that there was better value to be had in a compact crossover from another car company.

With its fresh styling, utilitarian cargo hold and—in 1.5-liter gasoline and 1.6-liter diesel offerings—competitive fuel economy numbers, the Equinox is an appealing alternative to other small crossovers.

In base trim, its sub-$25,000 price is attractive, too, although at that level, you aren’t getting all-wheel drive or any colors other than silver or white. Options like all-wheel drive and brighter colors push the price past $28,000, and with heated seats and different engine and transmission options, the sticker can quickly shoot beyond entry-level SUV territory.

If you would like to see or drive a brand new Equinox, call Ron Westphal Chevrolet in Aurora, IL at 630-898-9630.  Or, visit our website anytime.

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Short Report: 2018 Chevrolet Equinox 2.0T – NY Daily News

Chicago Auto Show Bonus Cash is Ending Soon

February is coming to an end soon and so are these great Chevrolet Incentives on new 2018 models.

Chicago Auto Show Bonus Cash is Ending Soon
Chicago Auto Show Bonus Cash is Ending Soon

Ron Westphal Chevrolet’s website is currently displaying over 165 different February Chevy incentives.  Some are compatible with others, some are not.  The available savings are can be enornous right now, but it is difficult to keep track of all available cash back programs.  And you may qualify for additional non-advertised GM incentives!  Please don’t hesitate to contact our Customer Care Team at 630-898-9630 for details, information and program compatibility or visit our website 24/7.

  •   Auto Show Bonus Cash

    • Trax, Equinox and Silverado Crew Cab models all have extra rebates corresponding to the Chicago Auto Show.
    • Trax has Auto Show Bonus Cash, Select Market Cash and a GM rebate.  The LT models also have lead brand bonus cash.
    • Equinox has Auto Show Bonus Cash, downpayment assistance and a GM rebate.  The LT models also have Lead Brand Bonus Cash.
    • Silverafo has Auto Show Bonus Cash, GM rebate, Lead Brand bonus cash and package cash available.  Some of our Silverado models have total savings of over $13,000!
  • 0% financing

    • Chevrolet Trax is offering 0% financing for up to 72 months AND $1000 Cash Back!
    • Equinox is offering 0% x 60 or 0.9% x 72 months for qualified buyers.
    • 0% x 72  months is available on Silverado 1500 Crew Cab models.  0% x 60 is available on all other Silverado models.
    • Colorado is offering 0% x 60 or 0.9% x 72.
    • Cruze models are offering 0% x 72 AND $1000 Cash Back.
    • Malibu is offering $500 Cash Back AND 0% x 72 months.

Chicago Auto Show Bonus Cash is Ending Soon.  We hope you are able to take advantage of these great offers.

*All pricing is plus tax, license and fees.  Low O% financing is usually reserved for well-qualified buyers.  Leasing incentives vary.  See Ron Westphal Chevrolet in Aurora, IL for complete program terms and information.

We are located in Aurora, IL near Plainfield and Naperville on the corner of Routes 30 and 34.  Our recently renovated dealership is in Kendall county, IL.  We hope to see you soon!

Chevy Bolt named Best Small EV by Consumer Reports – Feb. 22, 2018

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The Chevrolet Bolt EV got a strong head start against the Tesla Model 3 in the marketplace and now it has an early nod from Consumer Reports magazine which named the Bolt its “Top Pick” among small hybrids and electric cars.

The Bolt beat out other cars in its category such as the BMW i3, Ford Focus EV and the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid. It also beat the Toyota Prius which had been named Top Pick in this category in the past.

“The Bolt offers consumers further proof that mainstream electric cars can deliver strong driving performance,” the magazine said in an announcement.

The magazine hasn’t completed testing on the Tesla Model 3, which has a similar starting price to the Chevy Bolt EV. Base models of both start around $35,000.

Tesla has struggled to begin volume production of the Model 3, though, and, for now, is only building fairly expensive, highly equipped versions of that car. Consumer Reports also hasn’t yet finished testing the the new version of the Nissan Leaf, which is even less expensive than the Bolt but has a shorter driving range.

Consumer Reports named Top Picks in 10 different vehicle categories. To earn a Top Pick, a vehicle must get the best score in its class in Consumer Reports’ tests and also have at least average reliability based on the magazine’s surveys.

Chevrolet was the only other brand with more than one car earning Top Pick status from the magazine. Besides the Bolt EV, the Chevolet Impala was named the magazine’s Top Pick among large cars. It provides “a driving experience akin to a luxury car,” the magazine said.

Looking for a Chevrolet Bolt?  Call our Customer Care Team at 630-898-9630 or visit us online anytime.

Source: Chevy Bolt named Best Small EV by Consumer Reports – Feb. 22, 2018